Health News Review
  • May 27 2013

    Breast Cancer Action Webinar – Separating Hype from Hope: Breast Cancer Media Literacy

    Breast Cancer Action asked me to join them for a webinar Wed. May 29 and Thurs. May 30.  I’ll make a presentation and answer questions, as will Mandy Stahre, PhD, one of our story reviewers on  Mandy is perfect for this role because she’s very smart – earning her PhD in epidemiology at the [...]

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  • May 21 2013

    Warnings about drug company-funded mental health websites

    A paper by New Zealand researchers published in the journal, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (subscription required for full text access*), summarizes a literature review and meta-analysis of drug company–funded mental health websites. The analysis compared mental websites funded by drug companies with those not funded by pharma.  It concludes: Practitioners are encouraged to inform patients about [...]

  • May 14 2013

    When news like Angelina Jolie’s occurs, I learn from other breast cancer experts

    Women with breast cancer who are active on social media make a vital contribution to our public dialogue. So, when I read Angelina Jolie’s New York Times opinion piece, “My Medical Choice,” about her decision to have bilateral prophylactic mastectomy after breast cancer gene testing, I turned to some of the women I follow through [...]

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  • Jan 17 2013

    Online science comments: trolls, trash and treasure

    There’s been a sudden burst in articles about science and science news communication websites – and the comments left on such sites. On, Chris Mooney wrote, “The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck: The online peanut gallery can get you so riled up that your ability to reason goes out the window, a new [...]

  • Jan 4 2013

    How ugly Twitter can get on health/screening issues

    It started when somebody wrote a book review of the book by Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick In America.”  In it, the reviewer wrote: “Brawley isn’t an asshole, but he is a loudmouth, in the best possible sense. [...]

  • Apr 25 2012

    Health News Watchdog rejects colon hydrotherapy offer

    Just last month I first wrote that some of these Groupon-like offers are getting a little crazy. Now,within the past 24 hours,I’ve seen Groupon-like offers for: laser toenail fungus treatment (evidence questionable),       another MRI scan offer for “headache prevention screening” (!!??!!).         But my favorite was a Living Social [...]

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  • Feb 21 2012

    Breast Cancer & Social Media tweetchat

    I was pleased to be asked to be the guest on the #BCSM (Breast Cancer & Social Media) twitter chat last night (Monday, Feb. 20). This is a community that meets online every Monday night at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 6 pm Pacific time. One of the hosts, and chat co-founders, Jody Schoger, [...]

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  • Jan 9 2012

    Health and medicine blog carnivals

    The following cross-post was originally published by Barbara Feder Ostrov, deputy editor of I’ve been a frequent contributor to the Health Wonk Review (#2 on her list) and hosted the carnival on December 22. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more of the insightful health and medicine blog posts that [...]

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  • Dec 2 2011

    Meet the Website Editorial Director…who doesn’t exist

    A website called describes itself as “the leading online community for Baby Boomer women – the place where they connect and support each other on issues unique to life after 50.” I don’t know about that. But I do think they’ve done the oddest thing I’ve ever seen on their Staff listing page.The following [...]

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  • Jul 8 2011

    Twitter messages by AARP & Men’s Health magazine misleading about real meat of lung CT scan stories

    This is not a lesson about the limitations of 140-character messages on Twitter. Rather, it is a warning about careless Tweets that mischaracterize the real meat of the message in longer stories linked to in the Twitter message. As I wrote on Twitter in response to these two episodes, “Better not to Tweet on complex [...]